Fremantle Convict Establishment and Prison

Fremantle or Freo as it is locally known is a suburb of Perth, situated at the mouth of Derbarl Yerrigan (the Swan River). The convict establishment / prison was built by the convicts for the purposes of housing them so they could work in the colony. It sits high on the hill, overlooking what is now some of the city’s most expensive real estate. After its utility as a convict establishment was served it was transformed to a prison and used until 1991. I have done one tour of the prison that explained some of the convict establishment history. The tour traversed the main building, including the Anglican and Catholic Churches as well as the solitary confinement area. We saw the art work of James Walsh and the escape proof cell that Moondyne Joe was held in. It was good to do this tour first, to start at the beginning of the sites post-invasion history. I am looking forward to doing more tours to learn more about the site.

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